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Dining, SFoodie Friday Six: Popson's Will Turn the Hapa Ramen Space into a Cajun Restaurant

Friday Six: Popson's Will Turn the Hapa Ramen Space into a Cajun Restaurant

Popson's Team Taking Over the Former Hapa Ramen/Citizen Fox…
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Dining, SFoodie Wednesday Five: Richie Nakano on the Xmas Season, Crystal Pepsi Returns

Wednesday Five: Richie Nakano on the Xmas Season, Crystal Pepsi Returns

Richie Nakano on Cooking in Restaurants Over the Holidays"December is an extra-brutal slog, a month-long build up to the New Year’s…
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Dining, SFoodie TONIGHT: A Mexican Pop-Up at Wing Wings, with Richie Nakano

TONIGHT: A Mexican Pop-Up at Wing Wings, with Richie Nakano

Wing Wings is known for hosting Tuesday night pop-ups with terrific stuff, such as Richie Nakano’s original Hapa Ramen and all the fried Irish things at Gillian Fitzgerald’s Fish & Chips. In that vein, tonight only, Nakano will return…
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Dining, SFoodie Relax, the Gross-Sounding Replacement for Hapa Ramen Is Just a Pop-Up

Relax, the Gross-Sounding Replacement for Hapa Ramen Is Just a Pop-Up

Earlier today, the inestimable Uptown Almanac posted a pic this menu in the former Hapa Ramen space. The fleur-de-lys doesn't portend the return of Hubert Keller, but definitely refers to New Orleans (you can see the crawfish, Sazerac, and…
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Dining, SFoodie Revisiting Thursday's Ferry Plaza Market, the OG Food Truck Rally

Revisiting Thursday's Ferry Plaza Market, the OG Food Truck Rally

Our monthly review explores the city's food trucks gatherings, one at a time, breaking down each one with statistics, descriptions of the scene, and vital info to help you plan a trip there. Location: South arcade of the Ferry Building…
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Dining, SFoodie Hapa Ramen Seeks Public Support to Build Dream Kitchen

Hapa Ramen Seeks Public Support to Build Dream Kitchen

Chef Richie Nakano and crew have worked for nearly a year to open the first brick-and-mortar location of Hapa Ramen. While an opening date has yet to be set, after two years of throwing pop-up events and appearing at Ferry…
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Dining, SFoodie While the Restaurant Is Being Built, Hapa Ramen's Doing More Pop-Ups

While the Restaurant Is Being Built, Hapa Ramen's Doing More Pop-Ups

While we wait for Hapa Ramen's permanent location at 1527 Fillmore to open this summer, preview pop-up dinners will have to suffice. Chef-owner Richie Nakano said things are moving slowly because of permits. The next one takes place next Tuesday…
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Dining, SFoodie What Does Selling Out Mean for a Chef?

What Does Selling Out Mean for a Chef?

It is beyond debate that Rocco DiSpirito has sold out, but what about Mario Batali? Thomas Keller? Chris Cosentino? When you get some TV time or film an American Express ad, are you destroying your credibility -- and with whom?…
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Dining, SFoodie Hapa Heads to Fillmore and Phat Thai Rolls Out

Hapa Heads to Fillmore and Phat Thai Rolls Out

The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. A second ramen shop is set to move from the portable world into a brick-and-mortar. Inside Scoop shares that Hapa Ramen will open…
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Dining, SFoodie Menu for Tonight's Hapa Ramen Pop-Up at Bar Tartine

Menu for Tonight's Hapa Ramen Pop-Up at Bar Tartine

Hapa Ramen pop-up dinner Where: Bar Tartine, 561 ValenciaWhen: Today, Sept. 12, 6 to 10 p.m.  The Rundown: Chef Richie Nakano is hosting another pop-up dinner at Bar Tartine tonight. He will continue to hold regular events there --…
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Dining, SFoodie Hapa Ramen Starts Selling Charcuterie Kits

Hapa Ramen Starts Selling Charcuterie Kits

Richie Nakano uses a lot of pork bones and skin to make Hapa Ramen's broth. He turns pork bellies and shoulders into chashu, as well, and sometimes grills up pork loin to place on top of his noodles. In January,…
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Dining, SFoodie French Beef, Better Ramen, and Olive Garden: This Week in Food Bloggery

French Beef, Better Ramen, and Olive Garden: This Week in Food Bloggery

1. Today is the last day that Laura Beck serves as interim SFoodie editor before flying to Europe. A huge thanks to Laura, not just for keeping the blog alive, but for writing posts like a guide to the best…
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Dining, SFoodie Ramen Week Revisited: Hapa Ramen Steps Up Its Game

Ramen Week Revisited: Hapa Ramen Steps Up Its Game

SFoodie has been a fan of Hapa Ramen since its inception last year. While ramen street vendors are common in Japan, Hapa is currently the only one in San Francisco. We've long adored Hapa Ramen's sous-vide egg, crisp and tender…
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Dining, SFoodie SodaCraft Coming to the Ferry Plaza Market

SodaCraft Coming to the Ferry Plaza Market

Jesse Friedman, aka Beer and Nosh, aka the soon-to-be-released Almanac Beer, just announced on his blog this morning that he has a third alias: SodaCraft. We've written about Friedman's experiments with making ginger ale and other seasonal sodas for the…
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Dining, SFoodie Hapa Ramen Returns to Tartine, with Pork

Hapa Ramen Returns to Tartine, with Pork

Hapa Ramen at Bar Tartine Where: Bar Tartine, 561 Valencia (at 16th St.) When: Mon., Apr. 11 The rundown: Roaming(-ish) noodle vendor Hapa Ramen returns to Bar Tartine for another pop-up round. Chef Richie Nakano says he'll offer his signature…
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Dining, SFoodie Former Nombe Chef Taking Over at Bar Tartine

Former Nombe Chef Taking Over at Bar Tartine

No sooner does SFoodie invoke the name of Nick Balla then he appears in a Bar Tartine press release ― to wit, he's taking over from Chris Kronner as executive chef at Bar Tartine, as of March 1. (Kronner is…
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Dining, SFoodie Hapa Ramen Serves It Up Indoors at Bar Tartine

Hapa Ramen Serves It Up Indoors at Bar Tartine

Maybe there's something character-building about enduring the lines outdoors at Ferry Plaza for Richie Nakano's ramen, maybe not. You'll have a chance to ponder that as you slurp, seated ― indoors ― tonight and again on Dec. 27, when Nakano…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats

Fresh Eats

The Mission's New Old Kitchenware Shop By John Birdsall Give a former Williams-Sonoma employee 250 square feet of retail space and what does she do? Open a kitchen shop, naturally, filled with new and used stuff. Donna Suh Wageman rolled…
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Dining, SFoodie Ex-Monk's Kettle Chef Surfaces for Saturday's New Taste Marketplace

Ex-Monk's Kettle Chef Surfaces for Saturday's New Taste Marketplace

Recently departed Monk's Kettle chef Kevin Kroger is among two dozen chefs and other food vendors showing up Saturday for the first of two community food markets. Elianna Friedman, organizer of double New Taste Marketplace fundraisers, has enlisted a mix…
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Dining, SFoodie Pop! Desserts' Coffee Pudding

Pop! Desserts' Coffee Pudding

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Marielle Nuval's knife roll must've still been new when, months after graduating CCA, she got a job in the pastry department at Michael Mina. She stayed on in September when the place morphed into Bourbon Steak,…
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